So many memoirs are coming out this fall, written in so many ways.
Neil Patrick Harris, for instance, decided that his early 40s was too young for a “life” story, even for a Tony- and Emmy-winning actor. So he has completed “Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography,” in which Harris steps back into the second person to allow you to imagine yourself onstage, on television, or, in November 2006, on edge as you prepare to tell the world you’re gay.
Writer David Levithan last year marked the 10th anniversary of his "Boy Meets Boy," a romantic teen comedy where the homecoming queen was once a guy and the gay-straight alliance was aimed at helping the straight kids learn how to dance.
And there was Paul, who meets Noah.
Tim Federle has something for readers of all ages. In his two young adult novels, Better Nate Than Ever and its sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate (both from Simon & Schuster), Federle has created one of the more endearing fictional characters in recent memory. The titular character Nate will keep you in stitches as he navigates his way from his dull, dead-end hometown to a Broadway stage and toward his first kiss. For somewhat older readers, Federle serves up Tequila Mockingbird (Running Press), which features cocktails with literary themes, such as Gin Eyre and The Last of the Mojitos.
“Waking up begins with saying am and now.” This is the first line of Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man, a novel that, when it first appeared in 1964, shocked many with its frank, sympathetic and moving portrayal of a gay man.
Stephen King, Nora Roberts and Donna Tartt are among the hundreds of authors who have added their names to an online letter criticizing Amazon.com for restricting access to works published by Hachette Book Group.
The letter, initiated by Hachette author Douglas Preston, urged Amazon to resolve its standoff with Hachette over e-book prices and other issues. Readers were asked to email Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at jeff(at)amazon.com and “tell him what you think.” Amazon has slowed delivery on books by Preston and other Hachette authors, limited discounts and removed pre-order tags for upcoming releases.
Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country's top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his second Pulitzer, for "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War In Virginia."
Annie Baker's "The Flick" won the Pulitzer for drama, a play set in a movie theater that was called a "thoughtful drama with well-crafted characters" which created "lives rarely seen on the stage."
Some books are for a quick, entertaining read. Others are the kind you want to keep around on your coffee table to share with guests or keep handy for reference from time to time. The following list contains some of both, while leaning toward titles with special interest for LGBT readers.
Deborah Harkness has spun the final thread in the "All Souls" trilogy. The intricately crafted, epic adventure of a witch and a vampire concludes in The Book of Life.
Historian Diana Bishop, the witch, and scientist Matthew Clairmont, the vampire, continue their search for a magical manuscript, "The Book of Life," encountering old enemies and new crisis in their quest.
From George Chauncey’s “Gay New York” to Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” work-related LGBT literature and authors whose books focus on work are being highlighted for LGBT Pride Month as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Books that Shaped Work in America.
The Web-based project, http://www.dol.gov/books, aims to engage the public about the Labor Department’s mission and America’s history as a nation of workers as portrayed through published works. It serves as an online resource library where people from all walks of life can share books that informed them about occupations and careers, molded their views about work and helped elevate the discourse about work, workers and workplaces.
Before his mother became the model for Blanche DuBois of A Streetcar Named Desire and his sister the inspiration for Laura Wingfield of The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams drew upon a college girlfriend — if only in name —to tell a story of desire, drunkenness and regret.
Gay rights activist Michelangelo Signorile, also a SiriusXM host and author, is working on a book for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that contends homophobia remains as strong as ever despite such recent victories as the Supreme Court striking down a 1996 federal law that banned recognition of same-sex marriages.
The publisher announced that Signorile’s new book has the working title “Beyond Tolerance” and is scheduled to be published in 2015.